China has a “trust deficit” with neighboring countries

Shadow Defense Minister Andrew Hastie said China’s response to US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan is “quite concerning”.

“Firing missiles near Taiwan is actually a big escalation,” he told Sky News host Chris Kenny.

Mr Hastie said “authoritarian powers are on the move” because over the past decade China has experienced a “trust deficit” with its neighbours.

“This kind of behavior does nothing to build trust between nations and I think that’s worrying, it’s definitely an escalation of what we’ve seen.”

“We want peace, it is right and proper that we call on China to stop these activities.”